Arts, Culture & Heritage

Highlights

Visit famous Australian artist Arthur Boyd’s home, enjoy wonderful regional art galleries such as Wollongong Art Gallery, explore the Eden Killer Whale Museum, discover Aboriginal, colonial and aviation heritage, and browse exquisite local arts and crafts on the beautiful NSW South Coast.

  • Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson
  • Eden Whale Museum, South Coast

Explore beauty and heritage

From famous Australian artists’ works in regional galleries to fascinating heritage and impressive local arts and crafts, the beautiful NSW South Coast is captivating. Begin your journey on the Grand Pacific Drive at Stanwell Park, where aeronautical pioneer Lawrence Hargrave first flew in 1894.

Just south is Bulli Black Diamond Museum, which explores local coal-mining history. In Wollongong, admire works by famous artists such as John Olsen and a fine indigenous collection in the Wollongong Art Gallery. Check out the Illawarra performing Arts Centre and the exciting events calendar for the entire coast.  

A short drive south is Albion Park and the Illawarra Light Rail Museum, where you can ride steam trains. Nearby is the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum, which houses vintage aircraft and the Qantas 747-400 that made history with the nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

Wollongong Art Gallery, South Coast

In Kiama, browse National Trust-classified Historic Terrace Houses for gifts. Just south is Gerroa, where aviator Charles Kingsford Smith made history in 1933. A delightful drive west is Kangaroo Valley and the Pioneer Village Museum, next to Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge.

On the banks of the Shoalhaven River is heritage-listed Bundanon, home of the great artist Arthur Boyd who donated it to the public in 1993. You can visit on Sundays. For naval aviation history, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is in Nowra, which is not far from the white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay.

The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum houses the Lady Denman, a Sydney Harbour ferry built in Huskisson, and Laddie Timbery Bidjigal Aboriginal Art and Crafts. Farther south is the Eurobodalla region and the award-winning Original Gold Rush Colony in Mogo, where gold fever struck in 1857.

Discover the heritage villages of Tilba in the foothills of Mount Gulaga, a sacred mountain for Yuin Aboriginal people. South is the Sapphire Coast, home to the iconic Tathra Wharf in Tathra and the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum in Eden, one of Australia’s best locations for whale watching.

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  1. Anise Art Studio

    Anise Art Studio in Kiama has a range of creatively different Art Classes to offer. Aside from the normal art classes during the week, join on a Friday night for an Art Soirée, a creative fusion of art, design,...

  2. Articles Fine Art Gallery

    Articles Fine Art Gallery is situated in the lovely beachside village of Stanwell Park. Artist John Vander and his wife Frances own Articles. John has been a full time artist since 1976 and his...

  3. Art Classes with Violetta Strabic

    Thursday 21 September to Saturday 24 February 2018, Wollongong

    Bring out your artistic flare by painting, drawing and ceramics with Violetta Strabic.Situated in Wollongong, Violetta is passionate about bringing the world of day dreaming and beauty into everyday coastal...

    21 Sep -24Feb
  4. Folk by the Sea

    Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September 2017, Kiama

    Folk by the Sea is an intimate folk festival style event featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over three days in the picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole....

    22 Sep -24Sep

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